Microsoft Dynamics GP, previously called Great Plains, sports a longer history than almost any other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution written for the Windows OS. Dynamics GP is a mature, full-featured product and is one of the most popular ERP platforms for small and mid-size businesses, with about 50,000 active customers worldwide. Many businesses who have depended on Dynamics GP for years or decades have managed to defer upgrades long enough that they now find themselves running seriously out-of-date software and rickety network infrastructure. This can be dangerous. Meanwhile, a common complaint we hear from prospective customers is that they have a hard time locating experienced Microsoft Dynamics GP experts who can provide guidance on how to update their Dynamics GP environment affordably and extract the most business value from the software.
The longer a business tries to limp along with outdated releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, the more challenging the upgrade process tends to be. If server hardware or disk systems fail, there could be no suitable devices available to replace them. When editions of Microsoft Windows Server that run Dynamics GP reach end-of-support (EOS) status, critical security patches are no longer developed. The latest releases of SQL Server might not work with your important GP customizations. Innovative tools like Microsoft's Power BI may not be an option. Organizations investigating an update of their Dynamics GP environment can be intimidated by the volume of pieces involved in the puzzle. And the price tag suggested for a migration may be astronomical.
Dynamics GP Upgrade and Customization Services Available from Progent
Progent has offered support for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Great Plains for more than two decades, and Progent's seasoned professionals have delivered high-level and affordable remote integration consulting for Windows-powered environments to organizations in every state across the U.S. By combining in-depth experience with all releases of Dynamics GP along with top-tier system integration skills, Progent is uniquely suited to help your Buffalo, New York business get the most out of GP/Great Plains.
We partner with our customers and start by listening to their requirements. Once we have an understanding of the situation and the areas for improvement we make our recommendations. Proposed services may involve a migration to a more current and fully supported release of Dynamics GP, basic user training, complete platform and specific module implementation including 3rd-party products from a wide array of suppliers that have published add-ons to Dynamics GP, custom integrations with other key business software within your organization, custom report writing, and solution analysis to determine whether GP is being utilized optimally. Our goal with every Microsoft Dynamics GP engagement big or small is to optimize strategic value and minimize cost.
Progent can help your Buffalo, New York company in every phase of your Microsoft Dynamics GP migration or customization process including:
Additional Dynamics GP Consulting Services Offered by Progent
- Deployment Assessment
Review at what modules and features of Microsoft Dynamics GP you are currently using and discuss additional capabilities available on GP that might be helpful to your business.
- Upgrade Planning and Timing
Create a comprehensive migration plan and timetable that minimizes business interruption. Schedule pilot testing, production upgrade, and training. Specify customizations and add-on modules. Predict and manage compatibility issues.
- Pilot Testing
Design and implement a test environment for proving the upgrade project.
- System Upgrades
Back up databases and dictionaries, eConnect automation, and GP Integration Manager database. eMigrate Dynamics GP to the current version to ensure ongoing support services from Microsoft and to make all current features available to your business. Upgrade SQL Server and compatibility levels for all databases. Activate services from the Professional Services Tools Library. Condition data and run scripts to resolve known issues.
- Custom Reporting
Create reports and or custom dashboards for private and external use. Deploy SQL Server Reporting Services and combine Dynamics GP with Power BI for self-service reporting and for aggregating data from diverse on-premises and remote sources.
Provide individual or classroom style training for current and first-time users of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Act as a single point of contact for expertise to ensure dependable and affordable handling of issues thanks to close understanding of your particular situation.
Progent offers the help of top-tier experts who have been developing working Dynamics GP and Great Plains environments since relerase 1. Progent has the skills to do the jobs you require directly instead of supervising less experienced consultants or in-house staff. Key areas where Progent's consultants can provide Microsoft Dynamics GP expertise include:
Infrastructure Consulting Services
Recommend the use of modules that come with the core GP system but are not currently being utilized. In addition, suggest third-party products designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics GP to provide capabilities that GP skips.
Create custom connections between Microsoft Dynamics GP and other business applications to reduce duplicate entry and improve consistency.
Build big and small customizations that work with Dynamics GP to handle various business functions that are not handled by standard GP modules or external add-ons.
Progent can help your business to enhance your network infrastructure to support Microsoft Dynamics GP for any architecture including on-premises, cloud-based, or a hybrid network model. Network infrastructure expertise offered by Progent include:
The Progent Advantage
- Needs assessment and IT asset inventory
- Network architecture planning and implementation (on-premises, private or public cloud, or hybrid)
- Configuring security gateways and remote connections and creating security policies
- Managing iOS, Google Android, and Windows mobile devices
- Developing high-availability solutions
- Integration with PaaS and IaaS services including Office 365
- business continuity planning
- Performance tuning
A modern Microsoft Dynamics GP environment includes diverse software platforms, local network infrastructure technologies, and cloud services combined into a cohesive enterprise resource management solution. For more than 20 years, Progent's consultants have delivered online and onsite support from Microsoft-certified experts including Dynamics GP/Great Plains integrators, Windows Server consultants, SQL Server consultants, Exchange Server integration consultants, Microsoft Office experts, and SharePoint Server integration experts. Progent's consultants have worked with these products from their first versions to their latest editions, and Progent supports cloud-based options by providing Office 365 consulting, Exchange Online integration services, and SharePoint Online migration and development expertise.
Progent also has a long history of providing help from top-tier Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants, Hyper-V integration consultants, and VMware virtualization consultants. This experience with core technologies cuts time and costs when helping businesses through every phase of updating their older Microsoft Dynamics GP deployment. Progent also can provide the skills of advanced security and information assurance experts, disaster recovery and business continuity planning consultants, application developers, hybrid cloud architecture experts, and database administrators who can help you to design, implement, and maintain a well-tuned Dynamics GP ecosystem.
Progent's Support Services for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP Deployments
Read/Download Progent's MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Consulting Services Datasheet
To find out more about Progent's online and on-premises support services in Buffalo, New York for Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning product family, visit:
To download a datasheet about the consulting support available from Progent for Dynamics GP/Great Plains ERP software, select Download Datasheet: Expertise for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Enterprise Resource Planning Platform (PDF file).
Contact Progent for MS Dynamics GP/Great Plains Migration Support
If your Buffalo, NY business needs a Dynamics GP/Great Plains deployment expert or application programmer, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.